Michael Floyd is able to pursue his degree uniterupted at Notre Dame, but his football career remains on hold.
Coach Brian Kelly said in a statement released after Saturday's spring practice that Floyd is still indefinitely suspended from the team after the receiver's arrest for driving while intoxicated March 20.
Floyd, 21, was suspended from all football-related activities March 21 after his third alcohol-related incident with the law since 2001. He has not been involed in an spring practices, which conclude with Saturday's Blue-Gold Game.
Kelly's decision to keep the senior-to-be suspended came a day after the university's Office of Residence Life decided not to supsend Floyd for a semester.
"Michael has shared with me the outcome of his hearing with our Office of Residence Life, and I'm happy that he has the opportunity to move forward both academically and athletically here at Notre Dame," Kelly said in a statement. "However, this does not change the fact that Michael is still a suspended member of our football team."
Floyd, who was cited for underage drinking in 2009 and 2010, failed three field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent after being pulled over for running a stop sign near a campus entrance March 20, according to court documents filed in St. Joseph Superior Court. In Indiana, the limit considered legally intoxicated is 0.08 percent.
The St. Paul, Minn., native is scheduled to appear in court May 2 to face charges from the DUI arrest. Kelly said he would not make a decision on Floyd's status with the team until legal and university disciplinary matters are completed.
"I've met with the Office of Residence Life and, while I don't plan to discuss the details, I'm grateful that I still have a chance to earn my degree from Notre Dame and be a member of the football team," Floyd said in a statement. "I know that I still need to meet requirements set by the university and Coach Kelly, and that I have a lot of work to do that and to prove that I've grown from this experience. I'm sorry again for the poor decisions I've made and for letting so many people down."
Floyd led Notre Dame in receiving last season with 79 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the school's all-time leader in touchdown recpetions (28), second in catches (171) and third in receiving yards (2,539).
There is a big drop in production behind Floyd at receiver with only Theo Riddick and TJ Jones catching touchdown passes last season. Riddick and Jones each had three TD receptions, and their combined receiving yard total of 720 is 305 yards less than Floyd's production alone.